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Amsterdam: 10 Tips for Planning Your Perfect Trip

For good reason, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. With its picturesque canals, world-class museums, and vibrant nightlife, the city has something to offer everyone.

But if you want to avoid the tourist traps and experience Amsterdam calmly, here are ten must-do activities: 


1. Explore the canal belt: Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canal belt is a must-see for any visitor. You can explore the canals on foot, by bike, or by boat.

Tip: Rent a boat in advance, especially during the summer months.


2. Visit the Anne Frank House: This moving museum tells the story of Anne Frank and her family, who hid from the Nazis during World War II.

Tip: Book your tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

3. Discover the Van Gogh Museum: This world-renowned museum houses the most extensive collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.

Tip: Visit early in the morning or on weekdays to avoid the crowds.


4. Experience the Rijksmuseum: The Netherlands’ national museum showcases Dutch art and artifacts from the Middle Ages to today.

Tip: Download the free museum app to learn more about the collection and exhibitions.


5. Visit the NDSM Wharf

The NDSM Wharf is a former shipyard and industrial area transformed into a vibrant cultural hub. It is located on the north bank of the IJ River, about a 10-minute ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station.

The NDSM Wharf is home to various art galleries, studios, workshops, restaurants, bars, and cafes. It is also a popular spot for festivals and events. One of the things that makes the NDSM Wharf so unique is its eclectic atmosphere.


6. Explore the Begijnhof

The Begijnhof is a hidden gem in the heart of Amsterdam. It is a walled courtyard that is home to a group of historic houses and a chapel. The Begijnhof was founded in the 14th century as a community for Beguines, who were religious women who lived together but did not take vows. Today, the Begijnhof is a quiet and peaceful oasis in the bustling city. It is a great place to relax and escape the crowds.


7. Bike like a local: Amsterdam is a bicycle-friendly city, with more bikes than people! Renting a bike is a great way to get around and see the sights.

Tip: Follow the rules of the road and give way to pedestrians.


8. Try local cuisine: Amsterdam has a diverse culinary scene, with restaurants serving everything from traditional Dutch dishes to international fare. Be sure to try local favorites like stroopwafels, poffertjes, and bitterballen.

Tip: Visit a brown cafe for a truly authentic Dutch dining experience. These traditional cafes are known for their cozy atmosphere and hearty food.


9. Visit less crowded attractions: If you want to avoid the crowds, check out some of Amsterdam’s lesser-known attractions, such as the National Monument, the Begijnhof, and the NEMO Science Museum.

Tip: Visit the NEMO Science Museum with children for a fun and educational experience.


10. Visit the museums early: Many of Amsterdam’s museums open at 9:00 AM. If you want to beat the crowds, visit early in the morning.


Following these tips, you can experience Amsterdam without stressing and make the most of your trip!


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